Television: Pick of the week

31st October 2003 at 00:00
Fighting Crime with Science. C4 Friday, November 7, 9.30-10.10am.

C4 is showing this gripping illustrated lecture, presented by Laura Grant and Chris Young, from Sadler's Wells Theatre. The premise is that a researcher has been murdered in her laboratory by a man trying to steal a computer disk. How can science help to solve the crime? Scientists aged 14-16 should learn a lot about the practical application of new methods and there may be handy hints for budding criminals as well. Let's hope that they will be discouraged by the sheer range of tools available to the opposition.

Think Business. C4 Mondays, November 3 to December 1, 11.40am-12noon.

A series introducing 14 to 19-year-olds to the idea of starting a business.

The first programme examines five enterprises, from a sole trader who runs a small fleet of vending machines to a limited company that employs a team of programmers writing video games. There's also a couple who customise cars, a charity that raises money for hospices and a record retail business. The well-chosen examples each illustrate a particular point about business ideas, locations, capital and management, and the films may light the entrepreneurial fire in your students.

Stopping DistanceID Citizenship. BBC2 Tuesday, November 4, 2-4am.

The overnight recording slot this week is taken up with politics and citizenship, starting with a drama for 14 to16-year-olds about a gang rape - violence and strong language are unavoidable, given the subject matter.

There follows a more detached look at the rights and duties of citizenship.

On Wednesday, at the same time, an A-Z of Politics, followed on Thursday by "Study Ireland: Citizenship 2000", which examines politics at the level of the community and discusses policing and human rights at school.

Timewatch: The Greatest Storm. BBC2 Friday, October 31, 9-9.50pm.

This devastating event started on January 31, 1953, and killed more than 2,000 people in Britain and Holland. Timewatch talks to people who recall the events as the hurricane struck, causing a surge of water up the North Sea and flooding communities along the east coast of England - and asks if we have forgotten the disaster because it did not fit the mood of postwar Britain. An interesting reflection on how historical narratives are constructed.

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